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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Cranky machines, inky fingers make the newspaper each week


August 31, 2022

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Petersburg Pilot publisher Orin Pierson makes sure the paper looks good coming off the press last Thursday. The Pilot prints its own paper on Thursdays and the Sentinel on Tuesdays. Pierson checks for alignment and any bleeding colors as part of quality control during the print process.

What started as a sort of fact-finding trip to Petersburg turned into a deeper appreciation for something I've done for decades, and something many take for granted.

Every Wednesday, the Sentinel is delivered to mailboxes and stores throughout Wrangell, making its way into the hands of readers. Many more copies are sent out of town and state and even into Canada. But it takes a lot of work to get it there.

I've worked in almost every department of the news industry, from proofing pages to delivering papers. The final product is meant to inform, entertain and engage readers. That's something...

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